Inception: The scene of the crime is your mind.

I watched a pre-screening of the movie Inception and I'm still replaying some of the spectacular scenes in my mind, like a recurring dream, with better protagonists. (Having Leo smacking people around in my dream isn't a bad way to spend the night, now is it? But. I digress.)

This thought-provoking Sci-Fi, action thriller will make you think more than twice if you should try following the plot on your own or just let the film take over your subconscious and allow yourself to get lost in the intricacies of the story.

If you don't want to feel stupid asking the guy next to you what's going on every two minutes, I suggest you surrender to the latter.

Just sit back and enjoy what will undoubtedly be an adult version of the summer blockbuster — yes, it's that good!


Leonardo DiCaprio (Shudder Island), Ellen Page (Juno), Michael Cane, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe and Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) form a tight cast which generate an unremitting combination of weightiness and wit in this unconventional film directed by the visionary Hollywood director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) — and the hype surrounding Nolan's celluloid masterpiece is well deserved.

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Dom Cobb, a love-tortured agent hired by big corporations to invade people's dreams and re-direct a competitor's success to their ultimate demise. Working with sidekicks Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Paige, Cobb is a mastermind at extracting information buried deep within the brain, but can also plant an idea to change the outcome.

Adding a human touch to the all-business action shots is the haunting romance between his late wife Mal (Cotillard) — the character's name said it all! — and DiCaprio skillfully written into the plot without the usual sap of a love story.

Did I already lose some of you skeptics of the Sci-Fi genre?

I was with you all the way to my seat on this one, but I assure you, this isn't a cheesy summer film. 

You may have a tough time keeping up with the plot as Cobb tries to plant a new idea in a man’s brain; stealing thoughts is simple, but adding a life-altering one is a risky operation involving a dream within a dream within a dream. Even as you check off the film’s overload of references, though—a Matrix here, a James Bond there with Edith Piaf's music playing in the background—the amazing effects and Cobb’s quest carry you along.

Keeping your attention span from drifting during the movie is beautiful cinematography of incredible depth; Paris folds over on itself; weightless altercations and floating bodies puncture impeccable water-filled scenes; a pristine, snow-covered mountain encounter is reminiscent of a Star Wars battle. Though unbelievable, the architecture and perfectly synchronized action sequences engage your brain challenging you to keep up with the plot every step of the way — was he dreaming that?

The film is also unique; it's not in 3D, a sequel, prequel or the next number in a book-based series of movies. It is practically a fresh genre. For brief moments it seems this picture is a mix of other films, but you won't be able to simply pigeon hole it like many movies have been lately.

Christopher Nolan makes you work while watching this film (you may even have to see it twice!), but the payoff will be the lingering conversations you'll have after you've left the theater.

Stunning effects coupled with an unpredictable plot made the two-hour and 27 minute motion picture fly by… similar to being in a deep, sleep-induced unconscious state: a dream.

I give it imageimageimageimageimage out of 5 for superb action sequences, visual effects, no language, and an unpredictable plot.


  1. Anonymous says:

    I MORE than agree with everything you said. I have the shortest attention span on the planet and I was completely captivated the ENTIRE 2 1/2 hours. We all walked out of the movie discussing the crazy twists and the thought provoking ending which still has me reeling! More than 2 thumbs up, best movie I have seen in many many years hands down.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I've watched it twice now, and in a D-Box seat! It was better the second time around. Glad you agree with my take on this fantastic film!

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